Practical Advice: Natalie Hernandez DePalma

Natalie Hernandez DePalma's tips can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Natalie Hernandez DePalma

LIGHT THERAPY
Seasonal affective disorder is a concern in areas where we don’t get a lot of natural light. Expose yourself to the bright light of a light box for 10–15 minutes a day to decrease melatonin levels and feel more alert.

WATER, WATER
In winter, we don’t feel thirsty, but our bodies still become dehydrated. Try sipping smaller quantities of water throughout the day instead of a big amount in one go.

COMFORT FOOD
Eat foods that are healthy and make you feel happy. I love to roast beets, and I really enjoy them on a salad.

FRESH AIR
Buy whatever you need to keep you warm and safe for a daily walk. Or just stand outside for a couple of minutes.

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS
About 85% of people will experience some symptoms of SAD—oversleeping, overeating, negative cognition. If those symptoms get in the way of daily life, you should seek clinical attention. 

 

Natalie Hernandez DePalma is the senior director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University Park.